Israel-Gaza war latest updates: U.N. head urges Security Council to act on Gaza; Israel’s military enters Khan Younis

Israel-Gaza war latest updates: U.N. head urges Security Council to act on Gaza; Israel’s military enters Khan Younis

Israel’s military continued combat operations across the Gaza Strip on Thursday, striking major cities in the south and engaging in “intense fighting” with Hamas militants in two key regions in the north, a government spokesman said. The Gaza Health Ministry said 350 people were killed in the enclave in 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to more than 17,000.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there is a “gap” between Israel’s stated intent of protecting civilians and what’s happening in Gaza. Israel “has an obligation to do everything possible to put a premium on protecting civilians and maximizing humanitarian assistance,” he said during a Thursday news conference with U.K. Foreign Minister David Cameron. Blinken reiterated U.S. support for Israel.

Asked by a reporter to comment on a journalist who was killed in the fighting, Blinken said he was “deeply sorry for this loss.” It is “important and appropriate” to investigate the death of Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah in a strike that injured other journalists in Lebanon, Blinken said. Israel is investigating, Blinken said, though news organizations and rights groups found that it launched the strike.

President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the International Red Crescent “must be permitted to access remaining hostages” in Gaza, according to a White House readout of their Thursday call. Biden also “stressed” that besieged Gazans need more aid, which Israeli forces have restricted since the war began Oct. 7.

At least 17,177 people have been killed in Gaza and 46,000 have been wounded since the war began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. At least 1,200 people were killed in Israel during Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.

The son of former Israeli military chief and current war cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot was killed while fighting in northern Gaza on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said. Eisenkot, a retired general, served as the IDF’s chief of staff from 2015 to 2019.

The United States has “not given a firm deadline to Israel” to wrap up combat operations in Gaza, deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said Thursday. “This is their conflict,” Finer said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum. He said the United States believes “there are many legitimate military targets” in southern Gaza, where Israeli ground troops are now operating.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there is a “gap” between Israel’s stated intent of protecting civilians and what’s happening in Gaza. Israel “has an obligation to do everything possible to put a premium on protecting civilians and maximizing humanitarian assistance,” he said during a Thursday news conference with U.K. Foreign Minister David Cameron. Blinken reiterated U.S. support for Israel.

Asked by a reporter to comment on a journalist who was killed in the fighting, Blinken said he was “deeply sorry for this loss.” It is “important and appropriate” to investigate the death of Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah in a strike that injured other journalists in Lebanon, Blinken said. Israel is investigating, Blinken said, though news organizations and rights groups found that it launched the strike.

President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the International Red Crescent “must be permitted to access remaining hostages” in Gaza, according to a White House readout of their Thursday call. Biden also “stressed” that besieged Gazans need more aid, which Israeli forces have restricted since the war began Oct. 7.

At least 17,177 people have been killed in Gaza and 46,000 have been wounded since the war began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. At least 1,200 people were killed in Israel during Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.

The son of former Israeli military chief and current war cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot was killed while fighting in northern Gaza on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said. Eisenkot, a retired general, served as the IDF’s chief of staff from 2015 to 2019.

The United States has “not given a firm deadline to Israel” to wrap up combat operations in Gaza, deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said Thursday. “This is their conflict,” Finer said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum. He said the United States believes “there are many legitimate military targets” in southern Gaza, where Israeli ground troops are now operating.

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